3 week old chick not walking (but not spraddle) - ideas?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DCS, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. DCS

    DCS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi guys,

    I have a little 3 week old that I hatched, was doing fine until about 3 days ago when she suddenly stopped walking. Legs would move, and she'd try to stand, but would fall backwards like she couldn't get her feet underneath her. She would kick and kick, but couldn't stand. If I held her up, she would eat and drink and was chirping - just couldn't ambulate.

    She's grown weaker, and now I'm just trying to keep sugar water and vitamins in her. It's not spraddle leg or wryneck, and I hoped that someone might be able to give me some ideas. I don't know if she's going to pull through. She was perfectly fine - my first thought was that she got smooshed by the other chicks. Her tendons seem intact and pliable. Thoughts?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

  3. DCS

    DCS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, the chick got weaker and weaker and passed away.

    And everyone else was fine... until this morning, and another chick has started with identical symptoms. This guy was running around last night, so again, I really don't know what is going on. Sigh. The affected chick this am is identical to the one that passed away, which concerns me that there may be something genetic there. Off to read the boards more.

    Something that's more obvious with this chick is that he's really quivering, and I don't think it's from cold.
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

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